This fall, American University will be one of three universities in the District of Columbia to offer a free or reduced tuition to post-9/11 military veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program, run by the Department of Veteran Affairs. For the 2009-2010 academic year, 18 veterans will be assisted at the undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels during the program’s first year at AU. At each level, the Veterans Affairs Department will match any funding provided by American, enabling many veterans to attend the university tuition-free. This story was listed as part of the Washington Business Journal’s top daily stories and also picked up by the Houston Business Journal and the Triangle Business Journal. (6/22/09)
On a national news Web site, one of our students was reconized for her work in creating a new festival in the District of Columbia:
American University student Graciela Lopez was quoted in a Washington Post story about her role in the creation of Sacred D.C.’s first art and music festival, for which she received a $3,500 grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the American Friends Service Committee, that gathered local artists, activists and musicians to teach the community about art and activism. “I knew that I wanted to combine my passion for dance, my passion for healing, my passion for activism,” she said. “It actually turned into this festival.” (6/22/09)
Faculty & Quotes
And in other news, AU's community contributed to the national discussion on politics, global and other issues:
Solution to Health Care Reform?
Robert Carroll, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, contributed commentary about President Obama’s health care reform plan and its affect on existing health care markets to the New York Times Economix news blog. “Reliance on the private market is crucial to ensure consumers continue to receive the health care they demand and for innovation to go unhindered,” he wrote. “But it is unlikely that reform can be fully successful without addressing the poor incentives associated with the exclusion for employer-sponsored insurance. And the tax exclusion itself cannot be altered significantly without insurance market reforms to ensure a well-functioning individual market.” (6/23/09))
Part-Time Work for Full-Time Success?
Susan Gordon, director of career development at AU's Career Center, was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report story about working part-time while maintaining an advantage of success in a chosen career. “It is certainly possible to progress in your career while working part-time, but does depend on the employer,” she said. “I have known individuals (primarily women) who worked for progressive companies and advanced during the part-time years. Being part-time does not conflict with being an excellent performer capable of career growth.”(6/25/09)
Fighting Prison Abuse
Brenda Smith, a law professor, was quoted in a Washington Post story about the increase in prison abuse reform to reduce the rate of sexual assault in correction facilities. “[Sexual abuse in prison] isn't just a random event that can happen to other bad people,” she said. “This is something that could happen to a kid who has no priors and who happens to make a mistake.” (6/23/09)
Immigration’s Affect on the Workforce
Rita Simon, professor of public affairs, was quoted in an Oregonianstory about the immigration battle and negative backlash from U.S. citizens. “They're anti-immigrant because they are vulnerable,” she said. “They're concerned that immigrants come in, take their jobs and replace them.” (6/20/09)
An Encouraging Sign
Bob Sicina, an executive-in-residence in the Kogod School of Business, was interviewed for the China Radio International public affairs radio show People in the Know. Sicina spoke with host Paul James about the UN meeting this week focused on the global financial crisis and its impact on the developing world. "What we have not seen, which is really quite remarkable, is we haven't seen any clear evidence of a rising tide of protectionism," Sicina told James. "[Protectionism] is something quite common in these kinds of situations where nation states hunkerdown and focus on their own economies and put up barriers to trade to create jobs, which is detrimental to the global economy... That hasn't happened yet." People in the Know is the premiere English interview radio program in China. It is broadcast both in China and abroad.(6/25/09)